WELCOME TO THE RADIO THEATER CHANNEL
We are all about the art of radio drama, comedy's and radio mystery's. In America for the most part radio drama has been gone (at the time of this writing) some 50 years now. But do not place a value judgment on that fact. The absents of radio drama in America has more to do with its expensive production costs and the advent of television then it has to do with America's radio listening habits. In 1962 when the last of the dramatic network programs left the air there were millions of listeners abandoned to a wave of music and talk shows that now dominates radio today. The television networks CBS, ABC & NBC, yes the same networks that were running network radio, continued without a beat into the present with television. Times change but thanks to recordings we have many of the radio shows with us today. The same technology that pushed drama from radio to television, in the last days of the 20th century found a way to link us all together in an entirely new way, the internet. Now there are fewer gatekeepers, now all manor for experiments can take place using the internet.The Radio Theater Channel is one of them. As I mentioned at the start of this article, good radio is art, like timeless literary classics, good radio can move you. A Jack Benny show made in 1948 can still make a seventeen year old laugh. Some of the realistically violent story's in radios Gun-smoke from 1955 can still shock adult listeners just as well as last nights popular police drama on TV. The Radio Theater Channel is the closest thing you'll find to the golden days of American network radio. If you missed those golden days the first time around then give it a listen. We have scheduled the best network radio had to offer in restored sound. And as the old TV advertisement said, try it - you'll like it.
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